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Press Release: Chuuwee Signs to Amalgam Digital

Press Release: Chuuwee Signs to Amalgam Digital

Courtesy Amalgam Digital.

Congratulations to the newly signed Sacramento rhyme sayer Chuuwee, signing to the all new Amalgam Digital label roster.

Check out the news & video here: .

Chuuwee will be releasing the free mixtape “Crown Me King” April 24th as a prelude to his forthcoming album “Wild Style” May 29th on Amalgam Digital.

S.O.B.'s Machine Gun Kelly SXSW Show Moves to Bigger Venue

S.O.B.'s Machine Gun Kelly SXSW Show Moves to Bigger Venue

Courtesy Nancy B.

Austin, TX ~ Due to the overwhelming response to our announcement of Manhattan live music venue S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil) 30 Year Anniversary showcase at this year’s SXSW, Wednesday, March 14th; a show that will feature Miguel, Machine Gun Kelly, Mystikal and 2 Chainz, as well as rap supergroup Slaughterhouse [Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9, Crooked I], Nikki Jean, CJ Hilton, Elle Varner, Maya Azuceña, Travis Porter & The Airplane Boys, the showcase has been moved to The Belmont (305 W. 6th Street, Austin), a venue twice the size of the show’s original location at 600 capacity. The news attracted clothing company, DALLAS LIVES, to jump on board recently as the event’s one and only sponsor.

DALLAS LIVES, a street wear brand focused on bold self-empowerment, was founded by Cody Bustamante as a tribute in part to his fallen brother, Dallas, and the ideals, lifestyles and cultures the two shared. Inspired by personal strength and the very essence of hip hop, skate, punk, and tattoo subcultures, DALLAS LIVES expresses ideology and iconography heavily rooted in music, pop culture, art and political statements. DALLAS LIVES produces well-balanced garments created with premium quality fabrics and an eclectic mix of conceptual art that tells an overall story. Conveyed through fashionably forward works of art, one mans unwavering drive to continue his brother’s legacy lives on. Freedom of expression for the individual voice and style is DALLAS LIVES’ underlying foundation. Like what you like… be who you are… and never forget where you came from.

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AC "Music Ain't the Revolution EP" (prod. Ill Thought Process)

AC "Music Ain't the Revolution EP" (prod. Ill Thought Process)

Courtesy Park Street PR.

After the critical acclaim of his two EPs 'New Day' and 'Prophecy for Profit', Northwest London emcee AC is back with another release called 'Music Ain't The Revolution'.  This new four track EP  is the second prelude to his brand new album 'Keep It Together' which is currently just getting the finishing touches and is due out soon. It sees AC team up with producer Ill Thought Process who gives up four brilliant beats.  AC has also enlisted the help of Genesis Elijah on the title track.

AC 'Music Ain't The Revolution EP' (Produced by Ill Thought Process)

01 - Music Ain't The Revolution Feat. Genesis Elijah
02 - What Have We Become?
03 - Gone Too Long
04 - Can't Be That Bad

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Lateef the Truthspeaker: Live from the Control Room Session 2

Lateef the Truthspeaker: Live from the Control Room Session 2

Courtesy Quality Control.

Quality Control Marketing and SAE San Francisco present Live from the Control Room Session Two featuring Oakland's own Lateef the Truthspeaker (of Latyrx/Quannum Projects fame) and producer PoetiqBeetz. Filmed by none other than Casual, the Hieroglyphics Rap God, this session and track titled "Code Red Emergency" were recorded at the SAE San Francisco campus, by SAE students. SAE San Francisco is the newest campus in SAE's long legacy of training students for success in the Audio and Entertainment Industries. The top notch studio facilities are used for education purposes only and students never have to worry about losing out valuable practical time to commercial projects. The SAE staff are dedicated to the success of their students and work with them to develop their personal interests in recording, producing, mixing and mastering great music.

MP3: Fatal Lucciauno - "Dr. Love" & Video: "E. Cherry St."

MP3: Fatal Lucciauno - "Dr. Love" & Video: "E. Cherry St."

Courtesy Audible Treats.

On February 21st, Sportn Life Records rapper Fatal Lucciauno released his sophomore album, Respect. The album, which was preceded by a free EP, The Message, produced entirely by Jake One, has been lauded since release, and today, Fatal is excited to release the latest single from Respect, "Dr. Love."

Download "Dr. Love" Ft. I AM here: .

Fatal is also excited to release a new freestyle video, "E. Cherry St."

Duck Down VS Blacksmith SXSW Showcase - March 16th

Duck Down VS Blacksmith SXSW Showcase - March 16th at La Zona Rosa

Courtesy Duck Down Music.

SXSW 2012  

Performances by: 
Talib Kweli (w/ live band)
Pharoahe Monch
Jean Grae
Smif N Wessun
Mr. MFN eXquire
Bad Rabbits
Iron Solomon
Vince Staples & Michael Uzi
The Famous Mr. Nobodys

Music by DJ Statik Selektah + a 'Population Control' Set w/ Performances from Lecrae, Termanology & More

Friday, March 16th at  La Zona Rosa
Address: 612 West 4th Street, Austin, TX

Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

SXSW Badge Holders Enter For Free!
All Ages Welcome   

Complimentary product courtesy of Reebok at the showcase.

MP3: TUGE - "Can't Forget Me" (prod. J. Cardim)

MP3: TUGE - "Can't Forget Me" (prod. J. Cardim)

Courtesy Zack @ DICE Music.

TUGE links up with long-time collaborator J.Cardim, for this raw record that showcases both of the artists' respective strengths. Cardim sets the stage with a hollow-melody fused with a hardcore-uptempo bounce. This seamless groundwork allows TUGE to flip flows at will, while exhibiting lyrical prowess and ability. His hungry sound and witty wordplay takes listeners on a journey that covers everything from hustling on the block to fighting to get the respect he feels he deserves as an emcee. "Rest in peace to Whitney, but when Whitney got the grammy, we had us a gram of Whitney", he raps. A MUST HEAR RECORD!

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Video: "Ignition" Performed on #BlackCloudTour in Lincoln

Video: "Ignition" Performed on #BlackCloudTour in Lincoln

Another performance in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Bourbon Theatre during the Black Cloud Tour. I came back from an interview and this dope song was already in progress. 3, 2, 1, 0 - IGNITION!

Video: D-N.Y.C. & Yung Steez Perform on Black Cloud Tour

Video: D-N.Y.C. & Yung Steez Perform on Black Cloud Tour

On a cold windy night in Lincoln, Nebraska the duo of D-N.Y.C and Yung Steez warmed up the crowd at the Bourbon Theatre by performing some of their own music. Follow them on Twitter @dnyc_offthetop and @gotsteez_ and be sure to check them out at and respectively. This footage is brought to you courtesy of!

Video: Fokis Talks Upcoming Sadat X Solo LP

Video: Fokis Talks Upcoming Sadat X Solo LP

Courtesy Matt B.

In his latest interview, Fokis takes the time to touch on a slew of upcoming projects from his Loyalty Digital Corporation label.  Among them, Fokis & Sadat X discuss the forthcoming Sadat X solo-project, New York, that Fokis is executive-producing and their mutual respect and budding business relationship. Likewise, Fokis sheds some light on the second single, “Pass Dat,” f/ King Sun from his Vintage LP that will be released in May 2012 and upcoming projects from Stryfe and his new bi-coastal conglomerate Local MU-12.

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